(Please review Long infusions before reading this.)
Nettles: 1 cup herb (one ounce) to one quart hot water- infuse for 2-12 hours.
Properties: This is a deeply nourishing herb filled with vitamins and minerals. I call it forest milk because a good strong infusion of nettles has a delicious rich flavor. When collecting this herb it has loads of tiny hairs that deliver formic acid if your skin brushes across them. This causes a little itchy and painful rash. This gives a clue to nettles’ power. It is a warrior plant, good for building strength and vitality. When taken as a long (and strong) infusion, it contains a large amount of calcium, iron, chlorophyl, A and B vitamins and protein.
In terms of effects, I think of it as gently strengthening and stimulating, helpful for people who feel tired, deficient, anemic and run down. It is one of the most helpful “anti-depressants” I know because it goes to the root of the problem, deficiency and depletion, helping to restore us at a core level. Some people find nettles a little too stimulating and “zingy” and it can be a little much for people prone to anxiety.
Cost: 75 cents per infusion. 22.50 $ a month if taken daily.